Province to sell Lakeview site as part of Mississauga waterfront redevelopment

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By Tess Kalinowski-Real Estate Reporter
Tues., June 6, 2017

A 177-acre piece of Mississauga waterfront land owned by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has officially hit the market.

The province announced on Tuesday that it is selling the old Lakeview generating station site east of Cawthra Rd., south of Lakeshore Rd. East.

The developer or consortium that buys the property will have to remediate the industrial lands before transforming the area into a mixed-use community expected to house up to 20,000 residents and 9,000 jobs.

“The province is relinquishing some value for the benefit of the community,” said Finance Minister Charles Sousa, MPP for Mississauga South.

The Lakeview site will become a new community of about 8,000 residential units, with generous green spaces, boardwalks, canals lined with restaurants and boutiques, wetland trails and a cultural event space.

“It will be connected to the rest of the waterfront in a way that will give residents a lot of comfort,” said Sousa.

He said a successful buyer should be identified by the fall. Commercial real estate company Jones Lang Lasalle is the agent for the deal.

Sixty-seven acres of the property have already been promised to the city and the buyer will be required to remediate that land as well.

Sousa said there is already plenty of interest, from developers but he wouldn’t speculate on how much the property is worth.

The nearby 72-acre Imperial Oil site to the west in Port Credit is expected to attract about $2 billion in residential and commercial development. It was bought by a consortium called West Village Partners, which includes the Kilmer Group, Dream Unlimited, Diamond Corp. and FRAM + Slokker.

Price will play a role in the successful bid for Lakeview, but the developer’s reputation will also be taken into account, said Sousa.

“We want to promote talent and experience in the local community, too,” he said.

Lakeview, which operated for 43 years before being decommissioned in 2005, “was a powerhouse in our economy,” said Sousa, who moved to the area when he was 7. But while he lived near the lake, Sousa said he never saw the water because the OPG station blocked the view.

But it was also responsible for some smog days, he said, remembering the white coal ash that would cover the cars in the neighbourhood.

Lakeview’s four smoke stacks known as the Four Sisters, were demolished in 2006.

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MIRANET’s New Executive Board 2017-2018

MIRANET’s New Executive Members 2017-2018

Chair: Julie Morris                                                                                                                           Vice Chair: Sue Shanly (Membership  Development)                                                                     Vice Chair: Jamie Dookie (Communication)                                                                           Treasurer: Charlene Haupt  and  Trevor Isaac (Membership Development)                           Secretary/Minutes Recorder: Rotating

The MIRANET Council will meet monthly  on the first Wednesday of each month except for the months of July and August.

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City audit reveals inadequate business practices in fire and emergency services

An internal audit revealed high staff turnover has resulted in unchecked inventory, maintenance expenses and work hours

NEWS May 16, 2017 by Rachael Williams Mississauga News

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Staff turnover and inefficient record keeping in the city’s fire and emergency services division has raised alarm bells at city hall.

An internal audit detailing concerns over the division’s building and fleet maintenance was presented to the city’s audit committee on Monday. Inefficient inventory tracking, cash handling and failure to properly document maintenance expenses were just a few issues identified in the audit.

“We need to recognize the business processes are really outdated,” said Al Steinbach, the city’s director of internal audit.

Steinbach identified Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) as a high-risk area, and attributed the problems to staff turnover, which has left employees unaware of their roles and responsibilities.

Over the past two years, four staffers in management/supervisory roles have retired, including the assistant chief, capital assets, the building maintenance co-ordinator and the head mechanic.

“We do have a shift in culture in the fire service,” said Fire Chief Tim Beckett. He added the department has focused primarily on fire suppression and hasn’t put as much focus on the day-to-day operating procedures.

The fleet and facility maintenance department has an operating budget of $3.7 million. The operating budget for Fire and Emergency Services is the city’s third largest expense, at $105 million. Steinbach said without proper procedures in place, the city is missing out on opportunities to save money.

MFES operates 20 fire stations across the city, running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Four of these fire stations are shared with Region of Peel Paramedic Services. As a result, some of the operating and maintenance costs can be recovered at the region, but MFES staff failed to submit chargebacks.

The audit also found there was no tracking of materials used for fleet and facility maintenance and work hours were not properly logged. Concerns surrounding insurance requirements, scrap metal revenues and unchecked third party invoices were also found to be inadequate.

Beckett said MFES is implementing a 16-page action plan to address the audit’s findings.

Coun. Ron Starr asked if further cost savings could be found by merging the city’s transportation and works department fleet maintenance with the MFES fleet.

But city manager Janice Baker replied that collective bargaining agreements stand in the way, as the two departments operate as separate businesses, each with their own union.

“That’s a historic challenge that we have,” she said.

Staff have recommended a followup audit before the year’s end.

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Taxpayers fund Mississauga councillor’s overseas trips

Coun. Nando Iannicca expensed trips to Dubai, Hawaii and Miami in 2016

NEWS Mar 27, 2017 by Rachael Williams Mississauga News

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Coun. Nando Iannicca expensed nearly $16,000 to attend conferences in overseas destinations in 2016. – Metroland file photo

Mississauga’s downtown councillor spent nearly $16,000 of taxpayer dollars on trips to Dubai, Hawaii and Miami last year.

An overview of municipal and regional expenses claimed last year shows Coun. Nando Iannicca travelled to the world’s most popular vacation destinations on the taxpayer’s dime. This includes a $6,859 voyage to Dubai, a $5,440 Hawaii excursion and a $3,607 trip to Miami.

The ward 7 councillor listed the names of various conferences as the reason for his globetrotting. Conferences included the International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences (Miami), World Conservation Congress on sustainability and conservation (Hawaii) and the International Conference on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Dubai).

“My attendance at the World Conservation Congress was as Chair of Credit Valley Conservation,” wrote Iannicca in an email, noting it is only held once every four years and former President Barrack Obama was the keynote speaker.

“Conference lasted 10 days though I stayed for only five, booked the conference hotel at a reduced rate, and also reduced my expenses by covering almost all the airfare myself.”

In 2015, Iannicca expensed conferences in Greece, France and Italy totalling $15,922.

When asked if his family accompanied him on any of his business trips, Iannicca declined to answer.

He told The News his expenses conformed to all policies, were under budget and approved by staff and council.

Examination of line-by-line expense filings shows Iannicca also topped the list for councillors who spent the most on “business meetings”, charging approximately $3,742 back to the city, over $1,000 more than the mayor’s business meeting expenses.

Iannicca represents Mississauga’s downtown, the highest populated ward in the city undergoing major intensification.

Comparatively, the city’s waterfront is in the midst of an unprecedented revitalization and is a hotspot for developers, land speculators and other stakeholders, yet area Coun. Jim Tovey did not expense any business meetings.

An overview of municipal expenses claimed last year shows city councillors spent a total of $323,012 on events, fundraisers, conferences, phone bills, promotional material and donations to community organizations and other city business.

Coupled with expenses filed at the Region of Peel, which totalled $46,065, councillors expensed $369,077.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie used $81,029 of her annual $104,100 municipal office budget, an $18,470 increase from her 2015 expenses.

Crombie’s largest filings come from two trade missions, one to India for $14,282 with Premier Kathleen Wynne and a $10,775 mission to Japan as part of her campaign promise to promote the city in overseas markets.

She also claimed $7,248 at the Region for conferences in San Francisco, Winnipeg and Windsor.  A $2,500 registration fee for the India trade mission was also expensed at the Region.

Coun. Pat Saito’s municipal expenses topped the list of all councillors, having spent $34,122 in 2016. However, the Ward 9 councillor used nearly $9,000 of her office budget to fund the opening of the Meadowvale Community Centre, including the supply of promotional items, popcorn and refreshments.

The lowest spender on city council in 2016 was John Kovac, expensing a mere $7,129 of his $32,849 office budget.

Mississauga councillors take home an annual salary of $85,581 from the city, plus an additional $54,315 for sitting on Region of Peel council.

Crombie earned an additional $13,444 for her membership on Peel Police Services Board, $22,605 for sitting on the Enersource Board.

Enersource, which is 90 per cent owned by the city, also paid Saito $10,800 and Coun. Ron Starr an additional $9,600.

Iannicca also takes home an extra $13,181 for sitting on the Credit Valley Conservation Board.

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Peel Region councillors agree to form committee to review personal expense policy

Review follows media coverage

NEWS May 25, 2017 by Roger Belgrave Brampton Guardian
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Peel Region council members have agreed to form a committee to review their personal expenses policy. – Rob Beintema/Metroland file

Peel Region council members have agreed to form a committee to review their personal expenses policy.

Mississauga Coun. Carolyn Parrish made the suggestion at the May 25 council meeting in light of recent Metroland Media articles about how discretionary spending allowances are used and expenditures approved.

“Let’s just tighten it up,” suggested Parrish, who also volunteered to chair the committee.

Other council members met her suggestion with enthusiasm.

There were plenty of volunteers among councillors to sit on the committee and be a part of the review process.

Most constituents likely never get a chance to see details about how councillors are spending the taxpayer-funded expense accounts or how much they are spending, Parrish remarked.

Regional council expense account statements and reports are posted online.

Similar financial statements are also posted on the city and town websites for councillor expense claims made at those levels.

Mississauga Coun. Nando Iannicca, who supported formation of a committee, said he hoped the review would take a holistic look at the policy.

He added council as a whole has spent less in this current term of office than five Toronto councillors and he’d like to see some sort of per capita spending comparisons as part of this process.

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Roger Belgrave is a reporter with the Brampton Guardian and Mississauga News. He can be reached atrbelgrave@bramptonguardian.com.. Follow him on Twitter @rbelgrave1 and the Brampton Guardian on Facebook

 

 

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Senior Brampton City Hall staff approved secret $1.25M bonus slush fund: report

Jun 05, 2017 04:22 by Peter Criscione Brampton Guardian

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An unprecedented abuse of taxpayer dollars by the City of Brampton’s former top executives, who approved secretive non-union bonuses worth $1.25 million, including payments for “favouritism” has been revealed in an internal audit report. – Toronto Star file photo

An unprecedented abuse of taxpayer dollars by the City of Brampton’s former top executives, who approved secretive non-union bonuses worth $1.25 million—including payments for “favouritism” that could have gone to themselves—has been revealed in an internal audit report.

It’s unclear if council, which meets Tuesday to receive the audit committee report, will call for a criminal investigation into the matter. Mayor Linda Jeffrey was asked if she would call for a police probe into staffers who quietly used public revenues from taxpayers like their personal bank account between 2009 and 2014.

“This is at best serious negligence, and at worst corruption,” Jeffrey wrote in an email response Monday. “I will continue to explore any and all avenues available to us. Respecting the taxpayers and residents of Brampton is my highest priority.”

The audit report focuses on a practice that became common among the city’s non-union staff called Outside Policy Requests (OPR). Senior staff devised the system of secret bonus payments to other non-union employees, and possibly to themselves.

“This is at best serious negligence, and at worst corruption.” Mayor Linda JeffreyAccording to the audit report, city officials described OPRs as “discretionary salary increases determined by the operating department heads” that were “outside of council-approved policies” and documented procedures.

In the neighbouring cities of Toronto and Vaughan spokespeople told The Guardian they do not have any such practices, nor had officials in those cities heard of such practices.

The objective of OPR, according to previously undisclosed documents unearthed in the audit report, was to “align the salaries within the respective grades to achieve fairness and equity”.

However, Brampton auditors state that such bonuses were not part of council-approved policy or authorized under relevant rules and that over time “requests were approved for reasons beyond its initial intention.”

The audit also points out that the OPR payments to non-union staff could not be tracked because there was a “lack of coding”.

With no oversight or formalized processes “the OPR practice became mismanaged.”

For example, “favouritism” was eventually listed as one of the top 10 reasons to allow an OPR bonus, which the audit report points out is not in line with the previously stated reasons in internal documents.

In its response, the city said there was a “perception within the corporation that favouritism was a common reason why an OPR was initiated and approved by previous administrations.”

“The favouritism rationale is not condoned,” the city stated.

The audit report zeros-in on the period between January 2009 and May 2014, which was given a code red designation (the highest possible call to action) from audit staffers recommending immediate action on addressing such policies.

Among its findings, the report revealed:

·167 city employees across 15 departments received payments for a total of $1.25 million;

· Each employee received an average payment of approximately $7,500;

· Of the total $1.25 million payment under OPR, $316,000 (25 per cent) was paid to eight employees

· Total amount received per employee over this period ranged from $123 to over $95,000;

The report indicates that due to a “lack of coding” in the internal system these OPR transactions could not be identified.

The report recommends that OPR be discontinued immediately, and acknowledges a sudden drop to almost no OPRs after 2014. The city stated that there was no OPR line item in the annual budget. It also noted that council approval for the OPRs was not sought.

“Council approves the budget envelope for any given year and it is up to management to allocate expenditures for operations. OPRs were considered a part of this practice until their discontinuation in 2015,” according to a statement provided by the city.

Asked if he would be recommending a criminal investigation, CAO Harry Schlange did not respond.

“We are committed to the recommendations and action plans to strengthen our internal controls moving forward,” read a statement provided by the city.

In addition to the $1.25 million paid out to staff without council’s approval, the woman who initially oversaw the audit investigation that uncovered what amounts to a taxpayer-funded slush fund, Catherine Spence, was let go by senior executives last year who could have been part of the OPR program. Spence, who was the head of the internal audit department, left the city while the probe into the undisclosed bonus payments was still underway.

After Spence’s employment was terminated by the city early in 2016, while the audit investigation she was overseeing was still underway, the city’s new chief administrative officer, Schlange, took over as the city’s top bureaucrat in May 2016 — years after the bulk of the bonuses were paid and when the audit work that uncovered the secretive OPR program was already almost completed.

In September, as part of a massive restructuring of senior staff, Schlange terminated many of the executives who, according to Friday’s report, had years earlier approved the $1.25 million in secretive bonus payments to non-union staff. It’s possible that some of those payments could have gone to the same senior executives who secretively approved them.

The report reveals that “through discussions with management” OPR had been “common practice since at least 2009.”

The city told The Guardian it will not be citing specific individuals or the status of their employment.

Deborah Dubenofsky held the city manager role during the bulk of the period identified, till the fall of 2012 when John Corbett replaced her.

The Guardian asked Dubenofsky Monday morning (June 5) if she launched the OPR program and or approved the payments. She did not respond by end of day.

Corbett was a member of Brampton’s senior leadership team for decades both as planning chief and then as CAO from 2012 up to the termination of his contract in 2015.

Asked by The Guardian if he knew of the OPR practice, had approved it and whether he received such payments, Corbett said, “I’m really not equipped to answer that in time or verify it,” adding he has never heard the term Outside Policy Requests.

“Over my 40 years there, there were all these terminologies for different things and the policy I guess changed from time to time. But I’d have to have to do some real memory digging to remember details and specifics.”

The audit findings reveal HR management provided the city’s senior leadership and executive team a report dated May 21, 2014, which indicated that 230 Outside Policy Requests totalling $1.25 million were approved by the executive leadership team (ELT) between Jan. 1, 2009 and May 14, 2014.

In addition to Corbett, the executive leadership team that ultimately approved such expenses in 2014 was made of Julian Patteson, chief public services officer, Marilyn Ball, planning chief, Peter Simmons, chief corporate services officer, and Dennis Cutajar, chief operating officer. The chiefs were among senior staffers terminated last year in a massive restructuring of the bureaucracy under Schlange who has repeatedly stated that positions were vacated strictly based on a need to restructure the organization and creating synergies while streamlining operations.

The payouts happened during a period when several other questionable acts inside City Hall were identified, including abuses in discretionary expenses by councillors and the former mayor, hundreds of city contracts issued that violated policies and capital projects worth tens of millions of dollars that went unaccounted for. Senior staff, over the same period, also spent $175,000 of taxpayer money to buy tickets to former mayor Susan Fennell’s private fundraising events, without council knowledge.

It is primarily up to council to scrutinize the non-union staff salary disclosures through the annual budget process meant to protect Brampton taxpayers.

Two councillors who directly oversaw city budgets while the secret OPR policy was carried out were asked about the alarming report.

Coun. Gael Miles faced criticism as budget chair for approving staff budget presentations with little council scrutiny, while budgets passed within days of staff presentations or even on the same day—unlike city councils in the GTA that take weeks or even months to approve staff presented budgets. Miles said Monday she is “very concerned” about the audit report, but could not provide any examples of specific concerns she raised about the OPR program.

Coun. Elaine Moore, chair of the audit committee, was asked if she ever, either through the audit committee or full council, raised concerns about this practice or any other specific practice involving bonus structures not in line with approved city policies. Moore said “if there had been any indication that this practice was occurring and being abused, Audit Committee, and myself as Chair would have taken corrective and decisive measures to ensure that an HR audit was on the Council approved Internal Audit Workplan.”

Jeffrey is renewing her call for outside oversight, which was recently rejected by some members of council.

“This audit review was long overdue,” Jeffrey said. “This report demonstrates there is more work to do. In order to further strengthen the transparent, independent and third party oversight at City Hall I believe it would be wise to once again invite Mr. McCarter to conduct a follow-up audit,” said mayor Jeffrey, adding she will push for a full-time independent auditor general at city hall.

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Mississauga Fire Station 119 Earns City’s First LEED Gold Status

The City of Mississauga was awarded its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Status for Fire Station 119 located at 6375 Airport Road. The LEED Gold Status applies to both Fire Station 119 and Peel Regional Paramedic Satellite Station S11 as part of the Airport Road Emergency Services building.

“We’ve made it a priority to make our facilities environmentally friendly. Our commitment to being at the forefront of green and sustainable design is evident with this milestone and we hope to continue leading the way for other municipalities to follow,” said Ward 5 Councillor, Carolyn Parrish. “The residents of Malton are particularly proud of being at the forefront of gold standard environmental innovation.”

Officially opened in June 2016, the state-of-the-art facility consists of many sustainable design features, including:

  • a white reflective roof
  • stormwater management design
  • exterior and interior LED fixtures
  • high efficiency heating and cooling equipment
  • natural ventilation
  • low flow plumbing fixtures

“As the City of Mississauga’s first certified LEED Gold building, Fire station 119 represents an important milestone in the City’s commitment to building great and environmentally responsible buildings in our communities,” said Raj Sheth, Director of Facilities and Property Management. “This award illustrates Mississauga’s commitment to becoming a leader in green building initiatives and reinforces the City’s strategic plan’s green pillar.”

Mississauga began pursuing LEED Gold certification for Fire Station 119 at the start of the design process. This is now the second City facility with LEED status. Garry W. Morden Fire Training Centre received a LEED Silver Status in 2014.

In September 2016, Fire Station 119 also won a Mississauga Urban Design Award – Award of Merit for Quality and Green Initiatives.

About LEED
LEED certification provides independent third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. Sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality are all aspects of LEED design.


(L-R) Cliff Farion (ret.), Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services; Rajiv Chugh, Project Manager – FDA, Facilities and Property Management; Mayor Bonnie Crombie; Brian Walsh, Assistant Chief, Capital Assets, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services; Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish; Anna Cascioli, Manager, Facilities Development and Accessibility, Facilities and Property Management; Raj Sheth, Director, Facilities and Property Management

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Where are your 2017 dollars spent?

City of Mississauga’s 2017 Budget

Where are your 2017 dollars spent?

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City of Mississauga 2017 Budget

The 2017 Business Plan and Budget was approved on December 14, 2016. The approved numbers are reflected on these pages.

Try the City’s Budget Allocator Tool

PLEASE NOTE: The Budget Allocator results were provided to budget committee on November 28, 2016. This tool will remain online for informational purposes; any submissions or comments will not be included in the budget process at this time.

The budget allocator is a great way to learn about the cost of City services and to tell us about your priorities. It enables you to adjust the funding for twelve of the day-to-day services you rely on the most.

Try the budget allocator

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Municipal Property Assessment Notices to Be Mailed Out Starting May 16

May 05, 2016

 

Yesterday at General Committee, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) advised that Property Assessment Notices will be mailed out earlier than in previous years. Assessments will be mailed to Mississauga residential property owners starting on May 16. Mississauga property owners should carefully review and understand their Property Assessment Notices.

“An increase in assessment does not necessarily mean an increase in property taxes and, the City of Mississauga does not benefit financially from reassessment,” said Connie Mesih, Director, Revenue and Material Management. “Tax rates are adjusted to offset assessment value changes and to ensure the City does not receive a windfall gain as a result of an increase in assessment.”

Every four years MPAC conducts a province-wide Assessment Update and mails Property Assessment Notices to every property owner in Ontario.  This year, MPAC will be updating the assessed values of every property in Ontario.  All properties will have a legislated valuation date of January 1, 2016. MPAC looks at sales and compares like properties that have sold in a particular area.

The Property Assessment Notices will be used to calculate property taxes for the 2017-2020 property tax years. According to MPAC, assessed values of residential properties in Mississauga have increased an average of 6.8 per cent between 2016 and 2017. “If a property owners assessment increase is in line with the average assessment increase, property owners will see minimal change on their tax bill due to reassessment,” added Mesih.

The final Mississauga tax bills for 2016 use the 2012 assessment values and will be mailed out on June 9 and June 10. For more information visit the City of MississaugaTaxes and Assessment website.

 

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After a week of #DundasConnects

I was happy to see dozens of residents contributing at various DundasConnects events this week.   For those who missed the sessions, I will be posting the presentation slides soon.

This article was submitted for posting by one of our committee members.  You may find it an interesting critique of the Mississauga Transitway.

 

 

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Dundas Connects

The City of Mississauga is starting the Dundas Connects public consultation phase, as the city looks to intensify the Dundas corridor from Oakville to Toronto as part of the Mississauga Official Plan.

Below is a link to the discussion guide (.pdf).

Dundas Connects Discussion Guide 1 – FINAL

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Stormwater Residential Program Workshop

An invitation was sent out to attend a Stormwater Residential Program Workshop, April 13th, 2016; You can RSVP to the City via the link below by Friday, April 8th. 

The Charge

You may already be aware that properties in Mississauga will be assessed for a new stormwater charge which has begun appearing on the Region of Peel water bill. Please visit our website, www.stormwatercharge.ca, for details.

A Residential Program?

In October, Ward 2 Councillor Ras passed a motion approved by Council to establish a working committee of Councillors and appropriate staff to consider a credit program for residential properties with stormwater volume reduction measures. That motion is available online as part of the published meeting minutes of City Council on October 28, 2015 (page 14).

The working committee has met twice in 2016 to discuss and scope potential residential program alternatives. New research conducted by staff about residential programs of other jurisdictions in Ontario with stormwater rates has been presented to the working committee, as well as related insights from City of Kitchener staff and an environmental marketing consultant. Together this information, along with the concerns raised by Mississauga residents, has led the working committee to a series of considerations for a residential program.

Public Workshop 

The working committee felt that it was important to provide the public an opportunity to offer feedback on potential program options. The focus of the event will be a set of potential program options which participants will discuss and provide their input on in a collaborative group setting.

Date: April 13, 2016

Location: Living Arts Centre, Staging Room

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Please RSVP at the link below by Friday, April 8, so that staff can appropriately accommodate the number of participants.

http://mississaugastormwaterchargeresidentialworkshop.eventbrite.ca

Travel & Parking

The Living Arts Centre is easily accessible by transit. It is a short walk from the City Centre Transit Terminal and serviced directly by several routes.  For more details, please visit http://www.mississauga.ca/miway  or call 905-615-INFO (4636).

Parking is available in garage locations, surface parking lots, and street parking near the Civic Centre. For more information on parking locations, please visit http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/offstreetpaidparking.

 

Stormwater Team

stormwater@mississauga.ca | www.mississauga.ca/stormwater

City of Mississauga | Transportation and Works Department,

Transportation and Infrastructure Planning Division

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GO Rail Network Electrification Project

Metrolinx – GO Transit has provided information about the GO Rail Network Electrification project.  Metrolinx is currently undertaking environmental studies, stakeholder consultation activities, and conceptual engineering design for the conversion of several GO Transit rail corridors from a diesel to an electric based system. The project is being planned under the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP), in accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08, and will entail completion of an environmental assessment (under the TPAP), design and implementation of a traction power supply system (i.e., traction power substations and high voltage connections to Hydro One’s existing grid), as well as power distribution components (i.e., electrical power distribution facilities and connection routes) located within the vicinity of the rail corridors.

Throughout February/March 2016, Metrolinx and Hydro One are holding a first round of Public Meetings at various locations across the network as part of the TPAP to provide information and receive feedback on: the scope of the project, environmental studies, design and engineering components, preliminary locations for traction power supply/distribution facilities, project timelines and next steps.

Interested persons are encouraged to attend.   Please see below a copy of the Public Meeting Notice containing the dates, times and locations for the meetings, as well as a study area map and additional project information.​

In the meantime, if you would like to submit a comment or question, or to receive additional information related to the GO Rail Network Electrification project, please visit their project website (www.gotransit.com/electrification) or contact us directly:

James Hartley

Manager, Environmental Programs and Assessment
Metrolinx – GO Transit
20 Bay Street, Suite 600
Toronto, ON M5J 2W3​
Tel: 416.202.4894​

electrification@metrolinx.com

 

GO Rail Network Electrification Public Meeting
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Port Credit DRAFT Master Plan Presentation

The City wants to hear from you on the future of 1 Port Street East

Presentation of the Draft City Master Plan – 1 Port Street East

The presentation will be on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Share your thoughts on the Draft City Master Plan for 1 Port Street East. This master plan will guide the future revitalization of the site.

Register for the event

Port Credit waterfront is more than a shoreline – it’s a community.

The City has been exploring opportunities on the Mississauga waterfront at 1 Port Street East, owned by Canada Lands Company, and 70 Mississauga Road South, owned by Imperial.

The City is putting together plans blending the needs and interests of the community, the landowners and the City. There are unique opportunities at these waterfront sites to create vibrant, inspiring places where people will choose to be. We need to set the right priorities now for the future.

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Bi-Weekly Alternating Schedule for Garbage & Recycling

Waste collection in the Region of Peel has changed to a bi-weekly alternating schedule for garbage and recycling collection.

Find your next collection day:

Region of Peel Waste Collection

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What’s changed?

  • Garbage, recycling and organics are now collected by automated collection vehicles in most areas in Peel.
  • Garbage and recycling are now collected on different weeks. If your garbage is picked up one week, your recycling is picked up the next week.
  • Recyclables must be in a cart or in clear or blue transparent recycling bags. Blue or grey boxes are no longer collected.

What’s staying the same?

  • Organics are still picked up every week.
  • Yard waste collection continues to be collected seasonally.
  • Unlimited amounts of recycling and organics are accepted at the curb.
  • Excess garbage must be tagged except during exemption periods.

The Region will collect your old blue box (or grey box) and green bin on designated collection dates in spring 2016.

Alternatively you can drop off your old, empty bins for free at any Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC). At the CRC, be sure to dispose of your bins and/or boxes in the bulky plastic bin – not the garbage bin.

Please consider re-purposing your old green bin to store pet food, bird seed, sand or walkway salt.

Please also consider re-purposing your old blue box or grey box to:

  • Hold recyclables before putting them in your recycling cart.
  • Use as a yard waste container starting in spring 2016.
  • Store items/supplies such as holiday decorations or linens.
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2016 Budget approved by Council

On December 9, 2015 Council approved a 2016 Business Plan & Budget for the City of Mississauga.

Where the City gets money

Income Sources - City of Mississauga

The City only gets 1/3 of every property tax dollar collected.

Distribution of tax dollars

The City only gets 1/5 of every commercial/industrial tax dollar collected.

Spending areas - City of Mississauga

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Mississauga’s “Vital Signs” 2015

Vital Signs 2015October 6, 2015 — The Mississauga Vital Signs 2015 report has been released, the 3rd such report since 2011 from the Community Foundation of Mississauga.

“Mississauga’s Vital Signs 2015 measures the quality of life in our community, identifies trends and shares opportunities for action.  Mississauga’s strengths and most pressing needs are examined across ten distinct indicators: safety, health and wellness, learning, housing, getting started in our community, arts and culture, environment, the gap between the rich and the poor, work, and belonging and leadership.  The report helps our community identify where we are doing well and where we want to target philanthropy for greatest impact.”

NOTE: 200,000 copies of the report will be distributed with the Mississauga News on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

View the Mississauga Vital Signs 2015 report (4p PDF)

Mississauga News article (October 6, 2015): Mississaugans squeezed by double whammy of high house prices and low incomes: Vital Signs report.

Excerpt: “Rising house prices coupled with income inequality and increasing poverty in Mississauga is a growing concern, according to a new report. The Community Foundation of Mississauga officially released its 2015 Vital Signs report this morning that delved into existing data to present an in-depth look at Canada’s sixth largest city…The report found that the cost of housing in Mississauga is already sky-high and it’s only getting more expensive, noting the average price of a detached home in Mississauga was $844,679 as of May….Affordable housing continues to be a major issue. In 2013, there were 1,349 affordable housing units in Peel with 12,630 households on the waiting list as of last year. It’s estimated that the average wait time for a three or four bedroom unit is 11 years. Meanwhile, poverty is also on the rise. It’s believed that 18.6 per cent of Mississauga’s estimated population of 757,000 is living in poverty and that 21.7 per cent of the city’s children are considered poor. About 32 per cent of all single-parent families are living in poverty and 11.6 per cent of seniors are classified as poor.” 

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Video – “The Majestic Credit River”

Presented by Heritage Mississauga 

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